iTacitus - Intelligent Tourism and Cultural Information through Ubiquitous Services

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Itacitus is a European research project funded under the Sixth Framework Programme for information society technologies. The project commenced in September 2006 and finished July 2009. During this time iTacitus explored ways in which information technology could be employed to encourage cultural tourism.

Augmented reality.
Cultural heritage sites have huge amounts of information. However it can be difficult to present this information in a compelling way. iTacitus  explored ways of using augmented reality to provide compelling experiences at cultural heritage sites. For example

  • Superimposed Environments: 3D objects are placed into the scene on the spot in order to overlay the real scene. Like missing paintings, statues or architecture models.
  • Annotated Landscape: Abstract context sensitive information overlays showing images, texts and videos about a certain spot.
  • Spatial Acoustic Overlays: Transporting a place's original ambiance by virtually placing spatial audio clips in the surroundings.
Itinerary planning
Being a tourist can sometimes be hard work. With a huge choice of things to do it can be challenging even deciding what you want to do even before you consider practical problems like transport, costs and opening times.  iTacitus  developed an interactive itinerary planning tool where the process is enjoyable rather than overwhelming since mundane issues like travel and finding things which match your interests are handled by the system automatically. In this way we hope to encourage tourists to explore more and visit attractions which are off the beaten track.
Contextual information.
Have you ever had time to fill wanted to find out what there is to do within 20 minutes of your location?  Have you ever you passed a ruin and wondered what it looked like when it was in use, who used the building, did anything of significance happen there? You probably have but you don't want to know this when you are running for a bus.

iTacitus used contextual filtering based on the user's location, interests and history to determine what information to present to the the visitors mobile device.
 
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